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Here’s we go again: Winter World Cup 2022?

Oct 11, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

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The Qatari World Cup committee would never dream of suggesting the tournament should be held in the winter.

But Ronald de Boer, a Dutchman who served as an advisor to the bid, gladly will.

“A tournament like the World Cup can benefit from players not being so burned out after a long season,” he said at the Leaders in Football Conference in London. “You have everyone well-adjusted and physically fit (in the winter), and get the best out of the players. So you see a better tournament. I think there’s a big possibility in that so why not try it?”

Jordanian Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, FIFA vice president over seeing Asia, jumped on board as well, saying it would “definitely make sense.”

Here’s the thing: It probably does. Qatar is — obvious statement of the week alert — ridiculously hot in the summer, perhaps dangerously so for footballers and fans. Even if the mythical stadium cooling systems that do not yet exist get invented by 2022, there’s still the whole thing of people hanging out in brutal heat during the day,  etc., etc., etc. Staging the World Cup in the winter is the best idea.

So, do it. FIFA clearly doesn’t care about what anyone thinks. Michel Platini, one of the major driving forces behind the switch to winter, is going to be president soon anyway. Let’s move it and move on. The entire ordeal already reeks of ridiculous farce.

  1. footballer4ever - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    “Michael Platini, one of the major driving forces behind the switch to winter, is going to be president soon anyway”

    Not to nitpick on your editorials, but i think you meant Michel Platini instead.

    To the main topic, forget winter world cup and just cancal the Qatar and if not re-vote and give it to England or the USA. Qatar election was a shameful and rigged selection.

    • Noah Davis - Oct 11, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      You are correct. Got Michael Bradley on the brain. And yes, I agree with your solution wholeheartedly.

      • joeyt360 - Oct 11, 2012 at 7:37 PM

        I actually think “play in the winter!” knowing the clubs will never in a million years accept that, is a troll for “move to some place where it’s not life-threatening in the summer.”

  2. tackledummy1505 - Oct 11, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    I bet if you asked most of the athletes where Qatar was located on the globe, that they wouldn’t have the slightest clue. The winter thing is a great idea, but when it’s held in a country where it gets very cold during the winter, they should just move the World Cup to where it would suit the best for the players to play in. The United States it could be at any time, but say Canada, it would be late spring or the summer no doubt.

  3. wesbadia - Oct 11, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Here’s something to consider: all the hullabaloo that Blatter and his FIFA colleagues raise about the MLS schedule not being in accordance with the “rest of the world” would get the proverbial pie in the face if Qatar 2022 gets moved to January/February. The same reasoning that FIFA complains about MLS scheduling could then be used against all of Europe and most of the other major leagues. The natural international break that Europe has for the WC in most cases wouldn’t apply, but in MLS’ case, it would.

    Shoe would be on the other foot, and I’d absolutely LOVE to hear how Blatter and the rest of his brood would use as an excuse. It just goes to show that there cannot be some cookie-cutter mold applied to the world’s sport in blanket fashion. I hope these numb-skulls realize that soon…

  4. hjworton46 - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    FIFA will continue to do whatever they want to, because they can and no one can stop them.

  5. mashoaf - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    Qatar is great during the summer. It was only 105 at midnight when I was there in August. A factor they need to look out for, if they try to move the world cup to the winter, is when does Ramadan start.

  6. 49ersgiants4life - Oct 12, 2012 at 6:11 AM

    Qatar is garbage they should of never been on the ballot the World Cup should only be held in places that know how to have a good time and don’t have such horrible laws Rio is going to be the biggest month long party the world has ever seen Brazil knows how to have a good time I’m excited

  7. footballer4ever - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Brasil 2014 is less than 2 years from arriving. Get your Samba skills sharpened by then.

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